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Expressive Idaho: Idaho Leather Makers Keep The Cycle Going

Arlie Sommer
Idaho Commission on the Arts

Idaho’s ranchers and cattle hands need saddles, bridals and chaps that fit. Buckaroos take pride in how they look and want artfully tooled leather pieces that they can appreciate every day.

Cattle rancher Ryan Carpenter and his up and coming apprentice Monte Cummins craft horse gear on the Duck Valley reservation which sits on the Idaho-Nevada border.

Local leather workers are essential in the cattle industry when ranchers are often more than a hundred miles from the nearest tack shop. Carpenter and Cummins work together almost daily to hone and preserve this craft.

In this episode of Expressive Idaho, Arlie Sommer brings us their story, produced in partnership with the Idaho Commission on the Arts.